Silent Recordings
Unpredictable Music for
Unreliable Times

Artists:

Coda
Prop
Telemetry Orchestra
Tracky Dax

Compilations:

Around The Block
Nocturnal Emissions
Silent Soundtracks
Sounds of Silent
This Show Is About People

Rouseabout Records
Keeping it Real

Artists:

Bondi Cigars
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band
Donna Fisk and Michael Cristian
Eric Bogle
Fiddlers Feast
Gary Shearston
Gordon Lightfoot
Herb Superb
Jim Low
Julie Wilson
Koori Classic
Kym Pitman
Marcus Holden
Mic Conway's National Junk Band
Nyalgodi Scotty Martin
Russell Morris
Warren Fahey & Luke Webb

Yesterday's Australia:

Barbara James
Bob Dyer
Bobby Limb
Buddy Williams
Dame Nellie Melba
Florence Austral
Frank Coughlan
John Brownlee
Johnny Ashcroft
Percy Grainger
Reg Lindsay
Shirley Thoms
Smoky Dawson
Strella Wilson
Tex Morton
Tex Morton and Sister Dorrie
Warren Fahey's Diggers

Compilations:

The World Turned Upside-Down
Forte – Golden Fiddlers
Stand Up & Shout

Yesterday's Australia Compilations:

Australian Radio Serials
Australian Hillbilly Radio Hits
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 1
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 2
Band in a Waistcoat Pocket
Mastertouch Pianola
Strike up the Band
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 1
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 2

Yep! Records
Music Without Compromise

Artists:

Antenna
Jenny Morris
Michal Nicholas
The Lovetones
Saints of India
sounditout
Southend

Southend

Southend are one of the pioneers of the Australian dance music scene.

The guys met by chance in 1991 when Stuart McCarthy, Steve Younan and Sameer Sen-Gupta were lining up to buy tickets for a Depeche Mode concert. Vocalist Melinda Page joined the group in 1992, and after a series of gigs they were signed to seminal Sydney label Volition Records, home of Severed Heads, Boxcar and Itch-e & Scratch-e.

Their first release consisted of two tracks on the High compilation - Australia’s first ever home grown dance compile.

In 1993, their debut Fanatical EP was released to glowing reviews and saw them team up with DJ’s Paul Holden, Abel & Nik Fish to create cutting edge remixes.

It was when working on a remix of crowd favourite ’Take Me Up’ with Nik Fish, that the National ARIA Top 10 hit single ‘The Winner Is…’ was born.

Their follow up single ‘If You Believe’ also cracked the national Top 50 singles chart both here and in Europe after being signed internationally to Muzik Research.

Sameer left the band in 1995 to pursue a solo career, and was replaced with guitarist Justin Frew who would go on to form Antenna with McCarthy, Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) and Kim Salmon in 1998. Antenna’s Installation album was the first ever release on Mushroom International.

Southend performed at Big Day Out 1993 -1996 as well as most major dance events at the time including Happy Valley, Field Of Dreams, Prodigy, Tribal & Big Love (Brisbane). They returned to the stage at Utopia on NYE in Sydney in 2004 and were then invited to be the first band ever to appear live on Channel V’s “Room 208”.

On the production side, Southend have produced local & international releases for Hoodoo Gurus, Paul Holden, Waldo G, Acid Babies, The Whitlams, Kim Salmon, Gary Shearston, Michal Nicholas & Saints of India as well as a remix collaboration with Sasha Vatoff of Vagen’s classic ‘Buggin’, and a cover of Bronski Beat's 'Smalltown Boy' which appeared on Groovescooter Records’ Re:fashioned 2.

After having three tracks licensed by Ministry of Sound for Rave Anthems, Southend released their entire back catalogue (including previously unreleased material) online through MGM Distribution & iTunes. They launched their online releases to a sold out crowd who went absolutely bonkers at ‘Sunrise’ – an evening of morning anthems put on by the crew who brought you ANTHEM and FANTASIA at the Burdekin Hotel Sydney in August 2009.

In March 2010 they supported Black Box on the Sydney leg of their national tour.

The highlight of many a Southend set 'Take Me Up' has been given new life by UK trance legends Binary Finary, Australia’s still undisputed queen of hard house BeXta and Perth based electronic maestros Projekt Inertia. The remixes are out now on Yep! Records through iTunes.

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Southend
'Take Me Up (Remixed)'
Catalogue Number SE014

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Southend’s classic rave anthem gets the remix treatment by UK trancemeisters Binary Finary, Australia’s queen of hard house BeXta & Perth’s finest exponents of all things tech Projekt Inertia.

Track Listing:

  1. Take Me Up (Binary Finary Remix)
  2. Take Me Up (Projekt Inertia Remix)
  3. Take Me Up (BeXta Remix)

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Take Me Up (Binary Finary Remix)

 
Southend
'Compilation'
Catalogue Number SE001

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Remastered Southend Classics...

Featuring remixes by Southend, Nik Fish, Mr & Mrs Chill, Pocket, Head Affect, Vision Four 5, Ben Suthers & Jad McAdam.

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Track Listing:

  1. Fanatical (Southend Original Mix)
  2. If You Believe (Southend & Ben Suthers Remix)
  3. Take Me Up (Southend & Nik Fish Remix)
  4. The Winner Is… (Southend & Nik Fish Original Mix)
  5. Get Down (Mr & Mrs Chill Remix)
  6. Utopia (Southend & Ben Suthers Remix)
  7. The Dream (Vision Four 5 Remix)
  8. Skylark (Ben Suthers Remix)
  9. Feel So Good (Pocket/Ben Suthers/William Bowden Remix)
  10. Confession (Ben Suthers Remix)
  11. Amerrycar (Head Affect Remix)
  12. Weakness (Jad McAdam & Mr Chill Remix)
  13. Tall Story (Southend Original Mix)

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Take Me Up


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Tall Story

Southend & Eddie Bech
’Der Grün Apfel’
Catalogue Number SE013

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One from out of the Southend vault dusted off and scrubbed up for the new millennium.

This nine minute trance excursion was a one off collaboration between Southend and keyboardist Eddie Bech.

Track Listing:

  1. Der Grun Apfel
  2. Der Grun Edit

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Der Grün Edit

 
Southend feat. Michal Nicolas
'To Deserve You'
Catalogue Number SE012

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Written by Maria McKee and originally performed by Bette Midler this collaboration between Southend and vocalist Michal Nicolas resulted in a string of international licenses and lead them to rework Bronski Beat’s ‘Smalltown Boy’ for Groovescooter Records Refashioned 2 as well as co-write ‘Only If You Love Me’ for Michal’s solo album released worldwide on Peachy Records in 2004.

Track Listing:

  1. To Deserve You
  2. Only If You Love Me
  3. Smalltown Boy

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To Deserve You

Vagen vs Southend
'Buggin'
Catalogue Number SE011

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In 2004 Southend teamed up with Sasha Vatoff to rework one of the most classic rave anthems of all time Vagen’s ‘Buggin’.

The remixes supported internationally by the likes of Warp Brothers received airplay on the Nova network nationwide and saw Southend become the first band ever to appear live on Channel V’s Room 208.

Track Listing:

  1. Buggin’ (Southend Radio Edit)
  2. Buggin’ (Southend Remix)
  3. Buggin’ (Southend Dub)

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Buggin’ (Southend Radio Edit)

Southend
'The Winner Is… 2000' (Radio Edits)
Catalogue Number SE008

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The classic original hit with remixes by Chill & Shave, Nik Fish & Jumping Jack, Captain Kirk & Dave Austin.

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Track Listing:

  1. The Winner Is… 2000 (Chill & Shave’s Radio Mix)
  2. The Winner Is… 2000 (Captain Kirk vs Dave Austin Radio Edit)
  3. The Winner Is… 2000 (Nik Fish & Jumping Jack Radio Version)
  4. The Winner Is… (Original Radio Edit)

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The Winner Is… 2000 (Captain Kirk vs Dave Austin Radio Edit)

Southend
'The Winner Is… 2000' (Remixes)
Catalogue Number SE009

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The classic original hit with remixes by Chill & Shave, Nik Fish & Jumping Jack, Pocket, PeeWee Ferris, Captain Kirk & Dave Austin, BeXta & Ben Suthers.

Track Listing:

  1. The Winner Is… 2000 (Chill & Shave’s Radio Mix)
  2. The Winner Is… 2000 (Captain Kirk vs Dave Austin Mix)
  3. The Winner Is… 2000 (Nik Fish & Jumping Jack Remix)
  4. The Winner is… 2000 (BeXta vs Ben Suthers Remix)
  5. The Winner Is… 2000 (Pocket’s Hindsight Mix)
  6. The Winner is… 2000 (PeeWee Ferris Remix)
  7. The Winner is… (Original Radio Edit)

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The Winner Is… 2000 (BeXta vs Ben Suthers Remix)

Paul Holden & Southend
’Honey Buzz’
Catalogue Number SE010

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Licensed internationally by Beatz Only Records this collaboration with DJ and long time friend Paul Holden was featured on Ravermeister Volume 10.

Track Listing:

  1. Honey Buzz

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Honey Buzz

Southend
'Confession – The Dream'
Catalogue Number SE007

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This Billboard Magazine Dance Top 10 charting EP saw a departure of sorts for Southend with the inclusion of guitarist Justin Frew into the line up and features bonus tracks and remixes.

Track Listing:

  1. Confession (Radio Edit)
  2. The Dream (Opus No.2 – Liza Is Born)
  3. Freak (The Sky Is The Limit)
  4. Confession (Ben Suthers Remix)
  5. The Dream (Vision Four 5 Remix)
  6. Quixotic

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Confession (Radio Edit)

Southend
'If You Believe'
Catalogue Number SE006

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The follow up single to ‘The Winner Is…’, ‘If You Believe’ also cracked the national Top 50 singles chart both here and in Europe after being signed internationally to Muzik Research.

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Track Listing:

  1. If You Believe (Radio Mix)
  2. If You Believe (Southend & Ben Suthers Remix)
  3. If You Believe (Happiness-Is-A-Rhythm Mix)
  4. If You Believe (Peculiar Notions Mix)

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If You Believe (Southend & Ben Suthers Remix)

Southend
'Fanatically Remixed' EP
Catalogue Number SE005

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Originally released as a full length album this EP edition contains remixes of tracks from the Fanatical mini album (SE003) not included on Compilation (SE001) or If You Believe (SE006).

Plus the original mix of the ‘The Dream’ and a live version of ‘600 Miles From Nowhere’recorded at Big Love in Brisbane July 1994.

Track Listing:

  1. The Dream (Opus No.1 – En Route with the Chills)
  2. The Way We Groove (Opaque Mix)
  3. Fanatical (Otto’s Gone Flying Mix)
  4. 600 Miles From Nowhere (Live at Big Love)

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The Dream (Opus No.1 – En Route with the Chills)

Southend with Nik Fish
'The Winner Is...'
Catalogue Number SE004

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The ARIA Top 10 Smash Hit sampling the 2000 Games Announcement by the International Olympic Committee that catapulted Southend & Nik Fish into the mainstream in 1994.

Track Listing:

  1. The Winner Is… (Radio Edit)
  2. The Winner Is… (Vinyl Edition)
  3. The Winner Is… (Northend Mix)
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The Winner Is... (Radio Edit)

Southend
'Fanatical'
Catalogue Number SE003

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Southend’s debut Mini Album release on Volition from 1993 that was released to glowing reviews and saw them be the first ever local electronic act to grace the cover of seminal 3D World magazine.

Track Listing:

  1. Fanatical
  2. Get Down! (Cos I’m In Love)
  3. Take Me Up
  4. Stargazing
  5. The Way We Groove
  6. Utopia

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Fanatical

Southend
'600 Miles From Nowhere'
Catalogue Number SE002

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Southend’s first ever recordings originally featured on the 'High' compilation.

Australia’s first ever home grown dance compile released in 1992 on Volition Records.

Track Listing:

  1. 600 Miles From Nowhere
  2. Amerrycar

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600 Miles From Nowhere

 

Press
What the media are saying...

Take Me Up (Remixed)

"The Binary Finary remix is an awesome remix of the original track. The Southend & Nik Fish remix is a classic in itself, but this remix is up there with the best trance tracks around at the moment and is one track that all trance lovers and DJ's should own. It will definitely become a classic track with its nice grooves, moving melody and good dance vibe for the clubs. Whether you listen to it on your headphones or in clubs you will appreciate this monster trance hit that is relentless in getting you hooked in and when it finally finishes you wish there was more. Binary Finary is in top form here.
The Projekt Inertia and Bexta remixes both give their intended audiences what they want: pumping relentless grooves. Three tunes well worth buying."
(djkenzo)

Buggin’

"That Vagan remix is the bomb!! Been years since I heard that.. mad goose bumps SE..."
(Soul of Sydney)

As soon as I heard there was going to be a remix of, in my opinion the ‘most classic’ rave tune ever in Australia, by the group who have created so many classics themselves – Southend I was so very eager to hear it – Utopia NYE came and I was absolutely blown away that this classic tune could be modernized and turned into a track that kept the original vibe, but was brightened up and with some fantastic Southend tweaks.
It not only represents a crazy, pumping tune but a perfect example of what Australia has to offer in the music production scene. More so, I was amazed that the kids at Utopia could enjoy something that was new to them – and how they responded to Southend’s live performance as a whole.
The arpeggiated bass is built over the top of the original bass line, bringing the frequency down a lot more giving it a very modern feel, and more depth – the bass line reminds me of their classic tunes “Fanatical” and “600 Miles From Nowhere” and the crazy synth sweep reminds me of that of “Take Me Up”
A wonderful female vocal “wooyeah, wooyeah” has been added after the “we are buggin’” sample, the drums have been beefed up considerably and the mix has been filled out nicely with well placed effects – most noticeably on the piano line, with a nice crisp reverb which absolutely sends this track home. In all, this would have to be my favourite track of all this year, if not ever. Keep it coming Southend! (DJ Logik, www.inthemix.com).
A fitting addition to our ‘4Play Anthems’ show on Saturday nights on Nova 969 Sydney.
(Jimmy Z, Nova 96.9 FM)

Having Southend revive and remix this classic for 2004 is bigger than Christ’s second coming and this remix will be bigger than Armageddon!
(Nik Fish)

Great track! We will play it.
(Ollie, Warp Brothers)

Great to hear that Southend have a new single… I’m actually a big fan!! I had all their vinyl & CDs in the 90s!
(Dan Bessant former MD, Nova 96.9 FM)

Looking forward to playing it! Rave Never Dies!
(Matt Bern, Nova 937 Perth)

Really impressed, Southend are obviously hitting the mark! The vibe when they performed was intense, the studio was packed and the footage amazing. The night was theirs.
(Mike Kerry, Room 208, Channel V)

600 Miles From Nowhere / Amerrycar

Holy whatever – this is something funsters. Turn it up loud and you’ll hear a performance that sounds like what Phil Spector meant when he said “I want my records to sound like God hit the world and the world hit back.”
(Stuart Coupe, On The Street)

600 Miles From Nowhere shows more confidence and bite on the High compilation than any other track. (On The Street)

Southend’s 600 Miles From Nowhere was the greatest rave/pop song for months and was the song that made up my mind whether I would spend a thousand plus dollars on a trip to Sydney to see Australia’s most powerful pop group. (Ashley Thomas, Radio One NZ)

Fanatical

Rhythmically huge, melodically intoxicating and going places! (Drum Media)
Definitely an act to watch out for! The outstanding feature of this band is their songs and the subtle but massive hooks implanted in every single one. (On The Street)

Southend have become firm favourites on the Sydney dance party/rave circuit delivering great live performances that have sent the crowds wild, no mean feat for a band in this setting. Their debut EP features six pumping tracks that are guaranteed to see action on dancefloors around the country. (Juke Magazine)

‘Intelligent techno’ with some stirring female vocals throughout, it’s obvious that much love and care has gone into it’s production. It now makes sense as to why they’re ‘everybody’s favourite band’ in the Sydney party scene. CD of the Week (3D World, August 1993)

Putting Australia firmly on the map as far as electronic music is concerned. (3D World)

Stun! On Wednesday was jammed to the rafters for Southend’s EP launch. Live techno is not, on paper at least, generally what you’d call a concept born in heaven, but I’m pleased to report that Southend were a convincing argument in favour. (3D World)

Last night I saw a new band, Southend, play to a full house. Southend are a band of their time. Rhythmically huge and melodically intoxicating, they favour retro-synth technology over guitars and deliver pounding techno pop. It’s the Mohammed going to the mountain syndrome and it’s the way of the 90s. Southend are probably the best live rave band in Australia. (Marcus Leadley, Drum Media)

An absolutely brilliant album which has a song for every occasion. Combining catchy rhythms and infectious melodies along with phat basslines and some wicked analogue sounds, there is a definite acid/trance flavour throughout most tracks. It’s irresistible. Album of the Week (ICON, September 1993)
Dance music that is inspiring. (Forte Magazine)

Southend rip into their set with ‘Fanatical’. Live it’s the most rushing fizzing Techno kick in the teeth I have ever felt. They then proceed to bend minds with immaculate melodies backed up by trade mark ascending bass patterns and fine tuned keyboard riffs. But the best thing about a Southend gig is that you’d never notice any of the above description. The 130+ bpm’s don’t give you a chance to think and every second is a shock to the senses. To explain Southend live, it’s easiest to compare them to a science experiment. They place exact measurements of bass, rhythm and reverb loaded vocals inside individual test tubes. They then put these test tubes inside a centrifuge, and proceed to spin at 600 times gravity. The result is a 45 minute set more intense than hardcore and more beautiful than a beer on a Friday afternoon. (Scene Magazine)

The Winner Is…

Highly polished… bound to be all buzzin’ on the dancefloor. (Drum Media)

An anthem for now! (The Sunday Telegraph)

The transition from the relative underground to the commercially accessible has been an easy one for Southend, they are not suffering sleepless nights or pangs of anxiety that so many marginalized acts have the tendency to do when they achieve success. (3D World)

Who’d have thought that a novelty techno track featuring samples from the 2000 Games Announcement by the International Olympic Committee would be such a huge commercial success? Well that’s exactly where The Winner Is… by Sydney’s techno wunderkinders Southend currently finds itself. (On The Street, June 1994)

One of the best-ever Australian dance releases. Young Sydneysiders Southend (with thanks to remix guru Nik Fish) have nabbed the gold with this release. (The Sunday Telegraph, 4.5 stars)

Fanatically Remixed

This is good stuff. Its great that a young Aussie dance act has been able to crack the mainstream as Southend has and such success should continue on the back of Fanatically Remixed. (The Sunday Telegraph)

Southend are one of the only dance oriented acts taking the pure pop elements of the early 80s and melding it with 90s production values and attitude. Far from being one of those all-too-common dance records that are terminally boring to listen to at home, this is a pop record that you can also dance to if the mood takes you. What Southend are doing is taking the bare bones of techno and layering it with a sugar coating of melody in a way that only Jam And Spoon have managed to do until now. ‘The Dream’ is the work of highly developed pop minds. Melinda Page’s ethereal vocals float across a delicious bed of epic, hook-filled keyboards that keep going off on melodic tangents at regular intervals to negate the possibility of boredom. The production is flawless. (8.5/10 Anthony Horan, Drum Media)

Efficient, highly competent. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Southend proved what a great live rave act they are. (Sydney Morning Herald BDO Review Jan 28, 1995)

If You Believe

Southend’s ‘If You Believe’ is pretty much the business, having the same general sound as ‘The Winner Is…’ but shedding the novelty angle in favour of some very nice vocals and a slightly fuller sound. It’s the kind of song you can listen to a lot of times before you get bored (I speak from personal experience here). (Jonathan Wall, 3D World)

Another recurring theme: Volition has delivered more world-class techno pop. Melinda Page’s voice here is epic. Consume. (Drum Media)

If You Believe is bound to be a ‘hooj’ hit with its popular techno breakbeat, analogue sirens, crowd cheers and synth washes. Great rave anthem potential! (3D World)

Confession – The Dream

Based on what’s here, Southend are one Australian band to keep your ears and eyes open for. (Billboard Magazine Dance Top 10)

The Winner Is… 2000

Six years after the celebrations following the announcement of one of Australia’s most significant events, comes the anthem to start the party all over again. The euphoria in clubs around the country when the original 12” promo hit the turntables was probably one of the key moments in Australian dance music. The track built for almost three months in clubland before reaching the stores. The rest is history. ‘The Winner is… 2000’ remixes capture the energy and essence of the original but with a current spin on all versions. (3D World)

Compilation

The direction, energy and production values of Southend stand the test of time. Although the band’s music was sometimes overlooked because of the success of “Winner”, Compilation addresses the balance and delivers an excellent snapshot of the period that provided the foundation to the local dance scene as we now know it. (The Music Network)

Smalltown Boy - Southend feat Michal Nicolas

Included on Jimmy Z’s (Nova 96.9) Buzz Chart

Der Grun Apfel

Magical! (William Bowden, Australia’s foremost electronic mastering engineer)